Breastfeeding Linked to Decreased Risk for Childhood Asthma Exacerbations

Breastfeeding Linked to Decreased Risk for Childhood Asthma Exacerbations In a Pediatric Allergy and Immunology analysis of children with asthma, those who had been breastfed had a 45% lower risk of asthma exacerbations later in life compared with children who had not been breastfed. Investigators analyzed data from 960 children aged 4 to 12 years who were using regular asthma medication.

"Although in our study breastfeeding was shown to be a protective factor for asthma exacerbations, it is still unclear whether there is a causal relation between breastfeeding and asthma exacerbations; however, the relation might be explained by the influence of breastfeeding on the immune system. Changes in the composition and activity of the gut microbiome in early life can influence the immune system and these changes might indirectly lead to changes in asthma later in life," said Dr. Anke Maitland-van der Zee, senior author of the study. "Further prospective research is warranted to confirm this association and to clarify the underlying mechanisms."

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween and Allergies

Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since so much candy is off limits.

FARE’s (Food Allergy Research & Education) Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.

Help create a safer, happier Halloween for all!

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters: glow sticks, mini slinkies, spider ringers, vampire fangs.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate you have nonfood treats available to passersby.
  3. Display a printable poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.

Now is the time to get your 2017 - 2018 flu vaccine

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later.

Does being allergic to egg mean you should not get the vaccine?

Recent studies have shown that even individuals with confirmed egg allergy can safely receive the flu vaccine. The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics state that no special precautions are required for the administration of influenza vaccine to egg-allergic patients no matter how severe the egg allergy. The normal precautions for giving any vaccine to any patient should be followed, namely recognizing that about one in a million doses of any vaccine results in a serious allergic reaction, and vaccine providers should be prepared to recognize and treat such reactions. If you have any questions regarding your or your loved ones’ egg allergy and receiving the flu vaccine please give us a call.

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